I have a memory of snow falling in 1973 in Los Altos. It was coming down in small amounts and, as I recall, it didn't stick to the ground. My mother noticed it and called me out to the front yard to witness the rare snowfall. Since snow in Los Altos was such a rarity at the time, it was no wonder she made such a big deal out of it. I remember being fascinated by the snow, even if I was freezing while standing in the yard watching it fall.
Snow fell again in Los Altos in 1976 and that is what most people remember as being the last real snowfall in the area. There are pictures at the Los Altos History Museum (both online and at the museum) of Los Altos covered in snow - actually sticking to the ground. Unfortuntately for me, I was living in New York in 1976 as my family had relocated back each for 5 years. Snow was a given in that area and while rare in Los Altos, we had plenty of it. I returned to Los Altos in spring of 1978 and instead of snow I remember lots of rain.
Most recently we had snow in the winter of 2009 in Los Altos Hills. While it didn't stick on the ground in Los Altos, I had pictures of the snow covered hills off of Moody Road and Elena Road with lots of snow making the area look more like Lake Tahoe than warm and cozy Silicon Valley. It was freezing cold and while the snow didn't remain long, it did stay long enough to make a few small snowmen and snowballs. I'm hoping we get that again.
On Saturday, February 26, 2011 it is supposed to snow down to the 500 foot level and there's a strong chance snow will hit the ground in Los Altos. It would be the first time in 35 years that such an event has happened and I hope that all my readers get the chance to see it.
Weather Update: There was a light dusting of snow in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills from 12-2AM last Saturday but it didn't stay on the ground at the lowest elevations. There were a few places in the hills that retained their snow for a little while but the daytime temperatures rose too much for it to stay. It was fun hoping for a bit of this rare weather but is was nothing near the events of the 60s and 70s.
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